Moves: 2 April 2012

Stephenson Harwood has elected a new senior partner after a contested vote, with litigator Roland Foord taking over for a five-year term on 1 May.

Roland Foord
Roland Foord

Move of the week

He is set to replace Andrew Sutch, who is standing down after 10 years in the role. Foord was elected to the role after a partnership vote, with only two partners standing against him. Foord, a professional indemnity specialist, was in the team acting for Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former chairman of BTA Bank, in a multibillion-dollar case brought against him by the Kazakh bank. Stephenson Harwood later lost this mandate to Addleshaw Goddard.


Daniel Franks has been appointed as a partner in Field Fisher Waterhouse’s derivatives and structured finance group. He moves from his post as counsel at Allen & Overy next month.

A new head of international construction disputes has been revealed by Wragge & Co. Anthony Wilson has joined as a partner from Middle East international arbitration firm Hafez, where he was head of construction disputes in the Cairo office. He will work closely with colleagues in the engineering and construction team.

Boutique private equity and venture capital firm JAG Shaw has hired Susanna Stanfield as a senior solicitor. She brings 10 years’ experience in life sciences, IT and cleantech sectors from the venture capital practice of Taylor Wessing, where she was a special counsel until her departure last August.

SGH Martineau has strengthened its energy team with the addition of partner Mark Bartholomew from Maxwell Winward, where he was also a partner. The hire followssenior associate Neil Budd’s appointment from Watson Farley & Williams. Both will be based in the firm’s London office.

Jessica Parker, Andrew Smith and Gemma Tombs have been promoted to partner at fraud specialist Corker Binning. Parker is experienced in tax fraud and investigations, Smith in white-collar crime and extradition, while Tombs defends general crime.


The commercial disputes department at Blacks has been given a boost with the hire of property litigation solicitor James Teagle. He joins from York-based Langleys, where he specialised in high-value commercial disputes.


Penningtons has launched offices in Cambridge and Guildford, with three corporate and employment lawyers from Charles Russell: Tim Tyndall, Hilary Aldred and James Stephenson.


Harper McLeod’s banking practice has been bolstered with the hire of partner Tony Cameron, who joins the firm from MacRoberts, where he was a senior associate. Cameron brings sector experience in acting for both lenders and borrowers.


Newly qualified solicitors James Young and Lowri Walters have been taken on by Cardiff law firm MLM Cartwright.


De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has responded to pension sector developments by bringing in Rene Maatman, a board member with the Netherlands Authority for theFinancial Markets. Maatman will work as a lawyer acting for companies, pension funds and pensions providers.

Thomas Senff, an expert in real estate and construction law, has joined the Düsseldorf office of Graf von Westphalen as a partner. Senff left a position as a partner at neighbour Mutze Korsch.


The San Francisco office of Clyde & Co has expanded with the appointment of partner David Gabianelli. The insurance litigator brings with him 20 years of experience from Squire Sanders, where he was of counsel.

Nora Gibson, a capital markets lawyer, has left her role with Jones Day to join Covington & Burling’s San Francisco office as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice.

Bingham McCutchen has expanded its antitrust and trade regulation practice group in Washington DC and London with the addition of Edward Henneberry as a partner.

The former EU senior competition enforcement officer joins from Orrick, where he was also a partner.


Shearman & Sterling’s China project finance practice continues to grow with the recruitment of partner Sean Xiaogang Wang. He will add Chinese, US and global experience in the firm’s Shanghai office, having moved from White & Case, where he was partner in the Beijing office.

Pillsbury’s Japan practice has increased its US and Japan capabilities with the addition of Hideki Akiyama as a partner in Tokyo. He joins the corporate and securities practice from Atsumi & Sakai, where he was also a partner.

Watson Farley & Williams’ Singapore office has welcomed asset finance partner Simon Petch, who is transferring to its Asia practice from its London office.

Jones Day has announced that competition lawyer Nick Taylor has joined its Sydney office as a partner. Taylor moves from a partner role at Gilbert & Tobin. He has also served in government, reviewing mergers for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Bird & Bird has added five partners to its Asia practice, with four external appointments and one internal promotion. Two of the new partners are based in the firm’s Singapore office: Marcus Chow, formerly a director at Singaporean firm Drew & Napier, and Lorraine Tay, who joins from Baker & McKenzie’s Singapore office.
In Hong Kong Catherine Mun, previously a special counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong disputes resolution group, has joined and John Koh, an international corporate lawyer, has been promoted. Xia Chai has joined Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office from Dorsey & Whitney, where she was of counsel.

The bar

Doughty Street Chambers’ Christopher Gibson QC has joined rival set Outer Temple Chambers. Gibson has experience in cases involving children’s birth injuries, psychiatric and personal injury matters.